Indoor Christmas Decorations with smart bulbs

‘Tis a season to be jolly lalalalalalalalala’. With Christmas and the new year just around the corner, the energy is high as ever. I am one of those people who starts preparing for these as soon as I am done with thanksgiving. The décor, the clothes, the food, everything should be perfect. Every year, it is kind of my goal to one-up my decorations from previous years, not just for Christmas, but I need some sort of a permanent change around my house. But that is not an easy task. Coming up with a new idea while trying to stay on a budget is not a simple job and I may or may not turn into Amy Santiago when it comes to investing in something like this. The last year while I was looking for something unique for Christmas, something that fits the theme perfectly and will be a perfect addition to the house, I came across the perfect solution: Indoor Christmas Decorations with smart bulbs

Since I prefer Alexa over other AIs, smart bulbs that work with Alexa seem like a perfect fit, not just for Christmas but for an overall (and much needed) upgrade in my house. They have so much to offer and really take your house lighting to the next level. After doing some extensive research on the topic, I have found some interesting things about smart lights and I thought everyone should know about them. So here I am telling you all about smart lights and also some of my shortlisted options which I have found to be the best in terms of many different criteria (I’m officially a Santiago now, I don’t make the rules).


Visual representation of my research on Indoor Christmas Decorations with smart bulbs

Use of Christmas Light :


So let’s start from the very beginning. The use is pretty simple; they are lights so they provide light. Just like how regular lights work, they also work the same way (kind of). They have the same purpose and thus, they give light when turned on and stop once turned off.

The improvement:

This is where things get interesting. While normal bulbs require a socket with an on and off button to work, smart bulbs can just turn on with your voice. You just have to say the word and your AI will do the rest. Smart Lights have built-in systems to connect with whichever AI you use and you get access to turning the lights on and off with just your voice. But this is a very basic perk of smart lights. They have much more to offer, which you will get to know about in just a bit.

The working:

Without getting too technical, I will explain how exactly smart lights are made the way they are. The thing you need to know is that smart lights use LEDs (Light-emitting diodes), made up of semiconductor chips (neither these chips block the current completely nor let the entire current pass through). When electricity is passed, the positive side of LED called holes and the negative side of LED called electrons to join to give off light. Since LED has heat sinks for the absorption of heat, much less energy is wasted and your electricity bill looks much more attractive (which is a bonus point if you ask me).

Also, mix the LEDs up with a WIFI receiver and a microchip and there you have it, a pretty basic yet one of the best technologies you will have in your home, the smart lights.

Advantages of Smart lights:

There are a few other things involved in a smart light and you’ll get to know about them soon. For now, let’s look at some other great advantages that come with smart lights:

Millions of colors for a mesmerizing experience:

Did you know that you get a whole spectrum of colors in just one light? And I am not talking about just a few colors but a total of about 16 million colors. I know it sounds a little too much but it’s true. And this is also because of LEDs. How is this even possible? Simple, with the diodes. Sounds complicated but it is far less complicated than you think. The LEDs have diodes (a positive and a negative side) of only three primary colors, red, blue, and green. All colors you see, no matter what shade and hue, are all a combination of these three colors since our eyes only pick up these three colors in different wavelengths. So, these three diodes mix with each other to create a wide variety of colors and if you throw the brightness level in, you get many different types of hues, which count up to almost 16 million, simple yet amazing.

Light intensity control to make your day colorful:

What if I told you that along with changing the colors, you can even control how bright or dim the light is going to be? In the case of smart lights, this is true. You can control how bright or dim the smart lights are going to be. Not only is this perfect for setting the right atmosphere at any event, but has many advantages in everyday life. You get to control the brightness of light according to what you like. You can dim it and increase it however you like. Now how is this possible? Again, a fairly easy process. It can take place in two ways: Pulse-width modulation (PWM) and constant current reduction (CCR). PMW can be seen as a very quick start and stop of light. Since it is very quick, the light appears dimmer instead of being turned off. CCR works by lowering or increasing the current supply to the bulb, hence resulting in the brightening and dimming of smart lights.

Remote controlling of smart Light :

With smart lights, the hands-down best advantage is the remote control. It means you can control all features of smart light from wherever you are. If you are in your house, you just need to say it out loud and the light swill follows your command via the AI you use. If you are away from the house, you can still control these smart bulbs using your phone through the app. There is not much to explain behind this as all of this is through the WIFI signal receiver and a microcomputer fitted in the smart lights.

Some additional benefits you get while using smart lights are:

  • Time control: You can set a timer through your phone app to control when the lights will turn on or off and at what intensity.
  • CCTV: Some of the modern smart lights come with Built-in CCTV cameras, so you get better safety along with amazing lights.
  • Music system: Some smart lights even have built-in speakers, and thus, you can play whichever tune you want and will hear it wherever you are in the house.
  • Money-saving: Smart lights have heat sinks, which absorb heat and don’t let it go to waste. This causes less energy wastage and your monthly bill is much less than it was when using normal bulbs.

Things to keep in mind while Buying Smart Lights:

When buying smart lights keep the following aspects in mind to get what is best for you:

 

The Artificial Intelligence for Lights:

Remember which AI you want to pair up your smart bulbs with. Smart lights usually need voice assistants to show their full potential and with so many options in mind like Google, Sri, Alexa, etc., you must keep in mind that the smart light you are buying is compatible with whichever AI you prefer. You can search the lights up first like smart bulbs that work with Alexa, smart bulbs compatible with google, etc. to save yourself from any trouble.

The light intensity:

Different smart bulbs have different work processes, especially when it comes to dimming. Some bulbs dim much more and speedily than others. This is due to the different LEDs used in different bulbs. You would want to choose the bulb which fits your requirements perfectly and thus, you should always check first before buying the bulbs.

The lifespan of lights:

This is a very important factor you must keep in mind when buying smart bulbs. Always see what is the lifespan of the smart bulb. Generally, smart bulbs have a much greater lifespan than incandescent light bulbs, some even up to 90%. This is because the LEDs used in smart bulbs have much greater efficiency than the regular, old, traditional light bulbs.

 

Research Branch’s Top Pickups for Indoor Christmas Decorations with smart bulbs

Now that we’ve covered almost everything you will probably need to know about smart lights, let’s go on towards some of my shortlisted recommendations, which I have found to be most efficient. ALL of the following, as I told you before, are smart bulbs that work with Alexa.

Kasa smart light bulbs

Features:

  • Compatible with Alexa and google
  • No hub needed
  • Voice control/ remote control
  • Energy monitoring

Buy the Kasa smart light bulbs now: https://amzn.to/3Ha1MHI

Sengled smart light bulbs

Features:

  • Compatible with Alexa and google
  • No hub needed
  • Voice control/ remote control
  • Energy monitoring
  • Schedule on/off feature

Buy the Sengled smart light bulbs now: https://amzn.to/3sDgC5s

Sylvania wifi led smart light bulbs

Features:

  • Compatible with Alexa and google
  • No hub needed
  • Voice control/ remote control
  • Energy monitoring
  • Schedule on/off feature

Buy the Sylvania smart light bulbs now: https://amzn.to/3mv60lw

Philips Hue

Features:

  • Compatible with Alexa and google
  • Optional hub
  • Voice control/ remote control
  • Energy monitoring
  • Schedule on/off feature
  • Zigbee and BlueTooth compatible

Buy the Philips hue smart light bulbs now:

GE Lighting Cync

Features:

  • Compatible with alexa and google
  • No hub needed
  • Voice control/ remote control
  • Energy monitoring

Buy the GE lighting Cync smart light bulbs now: https://amzn.to/3svYtGH

Govee Smart light bulbs

Features:

  • Compatible with Alexa and google
  • No hub needed
  • Voice control/ remote control
  • Energy monitoring

Buy the Govee smart light bulbs now:

This is all for now. You’ve got the basics down and also have some good options to choose from. All of these are perfect for Indoor Christmas Decorations with smart bulbs. I hope this was of help. To make your Christmas a memorable one, stay connected with the Research Branch. Need any information, do comment below.

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